Listening to Yellow Cedar

WRITER, REPORTER, CO-PRODUCER | 2015 As an artist-in-residence with the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, I investigated the yellow cedar tree, a species in coastal Alaska now in decline due to climate change. As part of my ongoing interest in making art with other species, my investigation looked at the tree’s culturally, economic, and ecological importance in the temperate rain forest ecosystem through interview with culture bearers, scientists, forest managers, artists and others. I wrote and produced a longform radio piece about my findings. “Listening to Yellow Cedar” aired on Raven Radio Sunday, Oct. 25th, 2015 and was awarded 2nd place by the Alaska Press Club … Read more

Conversations with Alaska

2016 A compilation of several short improvisational pieces in conversation with the landscapes of Alaska. I created them while an artist-in-residence in Sitka, Oct/Nov of 2015. The dances were filmed in Totem Park, Shelikof Beach, and Salmon Lake in Sitka, and one in Anchorage. Thank you to the Alaska Island Institute in Sitka and the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage for supporting my residency.

Rosemont Ours

DIRECTOR, PRODUCE. | 2014 | with NEW ARTICULATIONS DANCE THEATRE A dance film celebrating the plants and animals of the Santa Rita Mountains of Southern Arizona, and its nearby riparian areas, featuring movement meditations of over 20 species – from Coleman’s Coralroot Orchid to Filamentous Algae, Desert Tortoise to Jaguar – performed on-site by dancers.  The project was born in response to the construction of Rosemont Mine, an open-pit copper mine proposed by a Canadian mining company. If built, the mine would impact over 4,000 acres of land in Southern Arizona, including critical habitat for nearly a dozen species federally recognized as threatened or endangered as well as … Read more

FLOW

DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER | 2010-12 | with NEW ARTICULATIONS DANCE THEATRE A two-year performance project exploring water in the desert through dance and public engagement, which included: FLOW received two rounds of funding from the P.L.A.C.E. Initiative of the Tucson Pima Arts Council and Kresge Foundation.

If My Verse Was Alive

DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER | 2011 | with NEW ARTICULATIONS DANCE THEATRE & KORE PRESS An evening-length dance and music performance inspired by the life and works of Emily Dickinson. “If My Verse Was Alive” was New ARTiculations Dance Theatre production in collaboration with Kore Press as part of an NEA Big Read Tucson. The performance featured original musical compositions by Vicki Brown (on violin and pedals) with new choreography by Kimi Eisele, Erika Farkvam, Moriah Mason, Lisa-Marie McFarlane, Tammy Rosen, and Katie Rutterer. Costume design by Barbara Seyda, lighting design by Don Fox. Premiered at Pima Community College Center for the Arts’ Proscenium Theater on Nov. 12, … Read more

+/-92: Downtown Master Plans, 1932-2009

“+/-92: Downtown Master Plans, 1932-2009” was an exhibit showcasing a compilation of over 100 Downtown Tucson master plans, comprehensive plans, studies and projects authored from the early 20th century to 2009.  The exhibit included an interactive timeline to help viewers track local and world events in relation to the plans’ origins, realization, or death, and photographs of downtown spaces and places, which viewers were invited to label as “postive,” “neutral,” or “negative.” My role was to engage the public. I did so by assembling a crew of official performing “apparatchiks.” We issued public input surveys and processed it (heavily) on site.” The show was a collaboration between Worker, … Read more

Invisible City

The Invisible City was a 5-week, site-specific, experimental arts lab exploring public space in Downtown Tucson. The project, which I co-directed with Lisa Bowden, was collaboration between NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre and Kore Press, a Tucson-based feminist press. The project brought together over 20 women artists to create texts, dances, sound pieces, film, photographs, and drawings within the Tucson’s urban core. It was an experiment in how to merge the creative processes of artists working in distinct genres in the city where we live. A city slow to revitalize. A city that has historically valued highways and tract housing developments over central plazas, affordable live/workspaces, and desert … Read more

We Are What We Eat

CO-DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER | 2008 with NEW ARTICULATIONS DANCE THEATRE & COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA The project used modern dance and personal and community stories to reveal how food connects us to each other, our environment, and our everyday lives. We Are What We Eat performances explored topics such as the industrial food system and food miles, the joys and benefits of gardening, overeating, waste & compost, harvesting native mesquite pods, cooking and recipes, breastfeeding, and grapefruit gleaning. To create the performance, co-director Amanda Morse and I engaged middle- and high school students, Pascua Yaqui seniors, Mexican and Mexican-American adults in Family Literacy … Read more

Re:Configurations

CO-DIRECTOR | 2006 | with NEW ARTICULATIONS DANCE THEATRE Re:Configurations was an evening-length performance focusing on issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identity and partnership that premiered in Tucson, Nov. 2006.  I co-directed the show with Jennifer Hoefle. The performance featured the participation of ten LGBT community members between the ages of 18 and 68, recruited with the help of Wingspan, Tucson’s LGBT resource center. Hoefle and I facilitated eight weekend workshops during which participants developed movement and writing material that was used to shape the performance. Community sections wove together seven dances by Tucson choreographers from who created new work or “reconfigured” existing … Read more